This is second in a series as we recap our 2013 Women’s Forum, Today you will hear from popular Bible teacher and speaker Margaret Feinberg. The Lord used her as one of our keynote speakers this year to challenge the leaders to live Wonderstruck today!
In our modern culture, we aren’t really taught to nurture a sense of wonder.
Yet from the very beginning of Genesis, we get a glimpse creating endless surprises in the sky, sea, and land, all the way to the closing of Revelation where we see God seated on the throne with peels of lightning and thunder and creatures beyond description, we serve a God who is full of wonder. Indeed, our God is Wonderful.
Hebrews 12:28-29 says, “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”
Do you see it? Our worship of God, in part, is to be fueled by a sense of awe.
And so if we, who claim to be followers of Jesus, lovers of God, and aren’t experiencing any wonder of who God is in our lives, then maybe we need to ask some hard questions:
Where have I reduced God?
Where I have compartmentalized God?
Where I have told God—either aloud or in my attitudes and actions—you can have access to this part of my life but not that part?
Or worse, where have I said, God, I only want this much of you in my life. I don’t want the fullness of you are.
When we begin nurturing a desire for God’s wonder in our lives, when we begin praying for wonder, in essence, we’re saying, “God, I want all of you. Reveal all of who you are in every area of my life.”
Make that your prayer today: God, I want all of you. Reveal all of who you are in every area of my life. Amen.
Wonderstruck Challenge: Join friends from around the globe who want to experience the wonder of God. Share what you’re discovering about living wonderstruck with others. Take a picture. Write a blog post. Share on your Facebook page. Create a Pinterest. Tweet. And each time you do, use the hashtag #LIVEWONDERSTRUCK. We all need to be each other’s eyes and ears and hands when it comes to recognizing and experiencing the wonder of God.
Margaret Feinberg is a popular Bible teacher and speaker at churches and leading conferences such as Catalyst, Thrive, and Extraordinary Women. She is the author of the Bible study, Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God. Her books and Bible studies have sold more than 600,000 copies and received critical acclaim and extensive national media coverage. She was recently named one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today by Christianity Today, one of the 30 Voices who will help lead the church in the next decade by Charisma magazine and one of the “40 Under 40” who will shape Christian publishing by Christian Retailing magazine. Margaret currently lives in Morrison, Colo., with her husband, Leif, and their superpup, Hershey.